Arvind Kejriwal's placard row: Delhi govt hits back, releases pics of Najeeb Jung, Sheila Dikshit

Arvind Kejriwal came under fire on Saturday after state unite of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) critisised the Chief Minister for using school students to display his name on placards during Independence Day celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium here.

Arvind Kejriwal's placard row: Delhi govt hits back, releases pics of Najeeb Jung, Sheila Dikshit
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New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday came under fire after state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticised the Chief Minister for using school students to display his name on placards instead of patriotic messages during Independence Day celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium here.

In a statement, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay condemned the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for politically misusing the Independence Day function and lowering the dignity and sanctity of the day.

Delhi BJP media in-charge Praveen Shankar Kapoor said: "Self-obsessed chief minister Arvind Kejriwal should immediately apologise to the nation. This is an insult of the sacrifice of the freedom fighters."

Reacting sharply to the allegations, Delhi government released some photograps as evidences, saying "It is unfortunate that a needless controversy have been created."

"The government, in normal course would not have reacted on the Independence Day, but attempts have been made by certain quarters to show as if a new practice has been started in the placards displayed by children. The government, therefore is putting in public domain the photographs of similar placards displayed by school children during Independence Day celebrations in the past," reads Delhi government press release.

Delhi's transport and labour minister Gopal Rai said the AAP government did not like the idea of having Kejriwal's name displayed at the event. But, he added, they found out it's a common practice to have the chief minister's name exhibited in such a manner.

Even AAP released photographs of similar displays of the names of former chief minister Sheila Dixit and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.

Meanwhile, Delhi CM took to Twitter to clear his party's stand, saying this is a wrong practice and he will stop this forthwith.

The controversy erupted after Cabinet member of Kejriwal government Kapil Mishra, who is also the Chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, took to his Twitter page to share a picture saying, "Students have written name of Arvind Kejriwal using placards at Chhatrasal stadium."

Shortly after Kapil Mishra's tweet, ousted AAP leader Prashant Bhushan dubbed it as "height of sycophancy and height of personality cult."

Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav called the act "embarrassing", and tweeted: "AAP Delhi touches a new low. Embarrassing."

Union minister Giriraj Singh also criticised the move calling it as CM's propaganda to advertise his name.  

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken termed it a matter of shame. "I don't believe it! It's a shame!" Maken tweeted.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief also drew netisens' ire after his name was displayed instead of Jai Hind or any other patriotic message at Chhatrasal Stadium in the national capital.

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